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Sports Medicine


Important Information

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CMS Athletics requires an annual pre-participation physical exam for all athletes prior to being allowed to participate in any team activity. This exam must be administered by a qualified physician (M.D., D.O., not chiropractic). This exam is IN ADDITION to the entrance exam that is required by the institutions. 

The CMS athletic training staff has currently adapted an online injury tracking system. Current paperwork will be found on this website and is now completed by the athlete, with the exception of the physical. There are several important items that must be read, completed, and returned to the CMS Athletic Training Staff before you will be cleared for athletic competition. This information will be used to establish your personal and confidential medical file. This is a new system for all athletes, so we have provided detailed instructions listed below in the attachments. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE SPORTSMEDICINE STAFF IN ADVANCE FOR HELP!

Instructions for New/Incoming Athletes                                      Instructions for Returning Athletes





Insurance Downloads


Sports activities have varying degrees of risk of injury that participants should recognize by nature of the activity. Students who choose to participate in the intercollegiate sports program are encouraged, but not required to have personal insurance coverage. Most students are covered by their parents policy. The CMS athletics department has an excess insurance policy on all sports participants, however, it acts as a secondary carrier for athletic injuries only. This policy covers only injuries that occur during practice or games of the sport in which the athlete is participating. Should an injury occur, your insurance will be billed for initial treatment. Charges not covered by the primary carrier will be submitted to the CMS carrier for payment. 

All referrals for medical services must have written pre-authorization by the athletic trainers in order to be covered by the school insurance plan. Do not self refer unless it is an emergency.


What You Need to Know! 

Student -athletes need to be aware that many preparations they obtain from herbologists, the internet and nutrition stores may contain substances that are legal to purchase, but are on the banned substance list for the NCAA.

Recent actions by the FDA have made the most common supplement ephedrine illegal. However, most products marketed as "ephedra-free" contain unsafe ingredients and may be as harmful as those that actually contain the substance. Also, these substances are commonly used as ingredients in protein preparations, i.e., protein shakes, but may not be included in the ingredient list. Ephedrine and it's like substances are dangerous. According to the FDA, since 1994 there have been over 800 reports of adverse reactions to non-prescription ephedrine. These include seizures, heart attacks, and death. The risk is significantly higher when supplements are mixed with other supplements or with other medications such as asthma inhalers. The risk is also increased when mixed with exercise. Many ingredients constrict the blood vessels, which hinders the body's ability to release heat. Dietary supplements are not regulated. Manufacturers may make inaccurate claims on the labels.

Other substances commonly used in these items include androstendione, norandrosteindione and DHEA. These are legal to buy, but will cause a positive in NCAA drug testing.

In essence, avoid anything ending in: -ione, -one, -ine, -ol, -ide or using the word anabolic.

The wisest choice is not to take anything without first clearing it with the CMS Athletic Trainers or team physicians first.

Click below for a printable list of some common banned substances. Please be aware, this list is not all-inclusive!! There are many other substances in these categories. These are just a few examples.

2013-14 NCAA Banned Substances List (adobe acrobat)  



Banned Drug Inquiry
To Inquire whether a medication is banned by the NCAA
e-mail the following information:
Name of Medication
Medication Form (inhaler, pill, injection, etc.)
Condition being treated
Is medication prescribed by a physician?
We will reply within 48 hours

 For more information call the Dietary Supplement Resource Exchange Center at 877.202.0769 

or talk to your athletic trainer or team physician.

Independant Research in Sport or Sports Medicine

Instructor: Steve Graves ATC

Department of Physical Education and Athletics

Overview: An in-depth, research based examination of current and relative topics in sport or sportsmedicine.


½ course credit- 20-25 pages, 10-15 resources

1 course credit- 30-35 pages, 15-20 resources


Selected by the student with approval of instructor and registrar.

Must be current and relative to sport or sportsmedicine

Science based topics should include components involving anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and/or nutrition as they relate to injury.

Other topics may include business, legal or marketing strategies as related to sport.

Conditioning programs for sport will not be accepted.


All citations must be current to topic. Science and sport are ever evolving. Sources over 5 years old are most likely outdated. Sources should include the Internet, journals, periodicals and books.


Working Statement- due at registration

Outline- due at registration

List of references- due at registration

Statement of Progress- 1 month

Statement of progress- 2 months

Rough Draft- 3 months

Final Draft- Friday before finals begin

The final copy will not be returned. If you want a copy returned to you, turn in an extra one.

Meet with instructor weekly as arranged to discuss research progress and methods.

Printable Version

Information for Visiting Teams

The Sportsmedicine Staff welcomes all visiting teams to Claremont. It is our goal to make your stay as pleasant and healthy as possible. Teams will have access to the athletic training room and staff as needed. If your team is traveling with a certified athletic trainer, and your team will be using our facilities outside of our normal operating hours, arrangments will be made for access to the athletic training room. If you are traveling with a student athletic trainer or none at all, please call ahead to make arrangments for coverage. Please provide written protocal for all treatments needed, and we will gladly administer them.

The following modalities are available: Moist Heat Packs, Ice, Ultrasound, High Volt Muscle Stim, Interferential, Hot and Cold Whirlpools, plus a full compliment of rehab equipment.

We will tape your team as needed, however, we ask that you provide your own supplies. Other supplies such as water bottles, cups, splints and crutches will be available for your use.

A certified athletic trainer will be present for all contests. Team physicians are on site for all football games and on-call for all others. An ambulance will also be present at football contests.

In general, water, cups, water bottles, ice and towels will be found on your teams bench and in the lockerroom.

Please do call or e-mail us if you have any questions or special needs!


Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., is the Director of Sports Medicine Nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A registered dietician with a Master's degree in Public Health, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh.

As a media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association she provides nutrition expertise in print, radio and television, and works with clients on an individual basis advising on nutrition-related concerns.

Leslie serves as the nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Riverhounds, The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department and The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition, she consults to local and national schools and universities on topics such as eating disorders and sports nutrition.





Concussion Statement


The 2010 NCAA Executive Committee has adopted the following policy for institutions across all three divisions.

 "Institutions shall have a concussion management plan on file such that a student-athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be removed from practice or competition and evaluated by an athletics healthcare provider with experience in the evaluation and management of concussion. Student-athletes diagnosed with a concussion shall not return to activity for the remainder of that day. Medical clearance shall be determined by the team physician or their designee according to the concussion management plan. In addition, student-athletes must sign a statement in which they accept the responsibility for reporting their injuries and illnesses to the institutional medical staff, including signs and symptoms of concussions. "

The CMS Sports Medicine Team and Athletic Department adhere to the positions and concepts of this statement with regards to the evaluation, management and return-to-play considerations of concussions sustained while participating in sports at CMS, however, these positions are used as a guideline only, with each case managed on an individual basis.


NCAA Concussion Awareness Video

NATA Position Statement: Management of Sport-Related Concussion (pdf)


In May 2010 the Institutions of the SCIAC adopted the following guidelines for management of issues related to air quality and its affect on physical activity and the health and well being of the student athletes. These are guidelines only and the extent of physical activity allowed will be constantly monitored and decisions made appropriately by the Sports Medicine Staff of CMS.